Swings and misses

1984 Topps

Juan Berenguer pitched for 14 years in the majors, part of a professional baseball career that lasted for close to a quarter of a century once his service time in the minors, independents and Mexican leagues are taken into account. Mostly a long reliever, Berenguer posted a 67-62 career mark with a 3.90 ERA and 32 saves. He pitched for six different teams but had his longest stints with the Detroit Tigers and Minnesota Twins. He won a career-high 11 games for Detroit in 1984 as he also made a career-best 27 starts that season. Berenguer was a two-time World Series champion, first with the Tigers in 1984 and again with the Twins in 1987. He did not pitch for Detroit in 1984, but appeared in three games for Minnesota in 1987, taking the loss in Game 3.

1990 Fleer

Paul Kilgus pitched for six seasons in the majors, going 21-34 with a 4.19 ERA between  1987 and 1993. He made 32 starts for the Texas Rangers in 1988 and finished with a 12-15 record and a 4.16 ERA. He was traded to the Chicago Cubs in 1989 and made 23 starts for the team, going 6-10 with a 4.39 ERA. The Cubs dealt him to Toronto following the season and the Blue Jays traded him to Baltimore a year later. He pitched in 38 games for the Orioles in 1991, then spent 1992 back in the minors. He returned to the majors with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1993 and pitched in 22 games before seeing his career come to an end.

Our letter to Chuck Finley was returned with a bad address. Bob Tolan declined our invitation to participate.

Published by Chris

Writer, historian, father, intrepid traveller, journalist, aging punk ... I am actually in a Hall of Fame.

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